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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Several communities are on flood watch in Quebec’s Saguenay area

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Key takeaways: 

  • Rivers increase due to heavy rainfall.
  • Some roads in Girardville, a small town in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, were closed on Tuesday because of minor flooding. 

On Tuesday, authorities keep an eye on several rivers at risk of flooding in the Upper Saint-Maurice and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean areas.

One of these rivers, the Ashuapmushuan river, was already flooding Tuesday morning.

Girardville, a town on the north flank of the lake, also underwent some minor flooding after a small creek spilled over onto some of its main roads.

The water levels of the rivers in the region are higher than usual because of heavy rainfall, according to Environment Canada meteorologist André Cantin.

He said that regions west of Lac-Saint-Jean recorded up to 60 millimeters of rain in 12 hours.

Cantin cautioned that could mean Saguenay will see some flooding in the coming hours or days.

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On Tuesday, authorities keep an eye on several rivers at risk of flooding in the Upper Saint-Maurice and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean areas

“The rain that dropped yesterday will come in populated places later today or tomorrow; it takes a bit of time before the rain goes down the river,” Cantin stated.

Sandra Belzil, the provincial head of civil security for the region, said citizens who live around the water should be alert and report any flooding to their city.

She said the melted snow, mixed with the heavy rainfall, induced a faster growth in river levels than usual this year.

Flooding in Quebec City

Quebec City’s Old Port neighborhood underwent some flooding Tuesday morning as the St. Lawrence river overflowed onto Dalhousie Street.

After two vehicles became stuck in the water, regional authorities were warned of the case at about 7 a.m. The site was temporarily shut to traffic, but city workers were able to reopen the road a couple of hours after.

Source – cbc.ca

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